Last night, at around 6 p.m., a gas leak at a Southcross Energy Natural Gas Plant just north of Corpus Christi caused an explosion and subsequent fire that burned for several hours. Pipelines bringing gas into the plant were shut off, allowing the fire to eventually burn out.
Plant officials do not yet know what caused the leak, nor how much of the plant was damaged in the explosion and ensuing fire. Thankfully, no deaths or injuries were reported in connection to the incident. We will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates once more information becomes available.
Over the weekend, a chemical leak at a DuPont plant killed four workers. While the plant had been cited previously for safety violations, federal inspectors hadn’t inspected the facility since 2007. The 2007 inspection, performed by inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), cited four serious safety violations, including violations of safe management for hazardous chemicals.
In the chemical leak this past weekend, an estimated 100 pounds of methyl mercaptan leaked throughout the plant. Unfortunately, even the smallest amount of exposure can be fatal. It has since been discovered that this toxic chemical leak was caused by a faulty valve.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also brought formal enforcement actions against the DuPont plant for 2012 and 2014 violations that cost the plant $117,375 in penalties.
DuPont stated that they are taking steps to make sure the area is safe to access. With regards to the multiple safety violations, DuPont states they “are committed to meeting or exceeding all applicable state and federal regulatory requirements.”
Seven people have been reported dead, and nine individuals are still missing, after a massive explosion occurred yesterday in East Harlem, leveling two buildings and leaving as many as 40 individuals injured. The definitive cause of the accident has yet to be identified, but authorities are saying that a gas leak may have caused the explosion and subsequent fire.
Around 9:13 am on Wednesday, Con Ed utility company received a call reporting a gas leak from a building on Park Avenue. The company sent service vehicles to check on the leak, but by the time trucks arrived, the explosion had already occurred. Two five-story residential buildings were leveled in the explosion and ensuing fire, and officials report that the fatality count is likely to climb in the coming hours and days.
The thoughts of everyone at our firm are with the victims of this tragedy and their families.